Decoding a Developer

by Nicole Momont | April 14, 2015

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I sat down with IWS Web Developer, Justin Yingling, to learn about the world of development, his inspirations, and what's trending for 2015.

What inspired you to become a developer?

In 2005 a friend of mine came to me asking if I knew how to build a website, I said no but I’ll learn how. Within a few months time, I had finished building my first website. After developing the first site, I was hooked. I was addicted to learning more and wanted to see how far I could go. After years of dedication, sleepless nights, and lots of patience, here I am.

What’s the hardest thing about working...

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​Modern-day 'ad men' on the end of 'Mad Men' and Don Draper

by Max Fose | April 9, 2015

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Originally written and published by Mike Sunnucks, Senior Reporter - Phoenix Business Journal

AMC’s “Mad Men” television drama that delves into the world of advertising during the 1960s and early 1970s is ending in May after seven seasons of client pitches, Madison Avenue office politics and the travels of conflicted protagonist Don Draper played by Jon Hamm.

So, what do local advertising executives make of a show set in the age of Aquarius, the moon landing and when office smoking and cocktails were acceptable? Some local advertising and marketing executives do glean industry insight...

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Beautiful Design Leads to Better Results

by Nicole Momont | April 3, 2015

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Have you ever considered how much of an impact your design has on your results? Well it’s more than you might have thought. In fact, according to research by DMI, design-focused companies outperform their counterparts by 228%.

Between blogs, social posts, email, landing pages and websites, marketers are creating more content than ever before. Nowadays not only do you have to compete with other industry professionals, but you also have to compete with consumers, who are now responsible for over 100 million new photos every hour and a new blog post every .5 seconds!

With all this competitio...

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Instagram: #ADigitalMarketersDreamPlatform

by Richard Wachtel | March 24, 2015

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Visual marketing is the number one factor in having a successful social media marketing plan, so it should come as no surprise that Instagram has become one of the fastest growing social networks in history. With over 2.5 billion likes on posts per day, over 300 million active users, and over 70 million photos posted per day, Instagram is the place to market your brand. At the end of 2014, 86% of the top brands have Instagram accounts, which is up from 71% from 2013. [Footnote 1]

Instagram has become an indispensable tool for brands to increase their brand recognition. By creating original...

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Brand Storytelling the Basics and Essential Elements

by Richard Wachtel | March 12, 2015

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Telling your brand’s story visually can be a challenging task for any content or digital marketer. The term "branding" - even though it isn't new - has a totally different meaning from its humble begins. Branding is no longer just creating a logo with a specific color scheme, or a constant font in your emails and memos.  

Branding now extends into places we did not think about even just a decade ago. Currently, branding is more than a look; It extends to the overall feeling of your company presents through your social media and website presence. The newest and most critical component of bran...

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Telling your Brand's Story Visually

by Richard Wachtel | March 9, 2015

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the value of a visual story? 

Think about this: 90% of the information transmitted to the human brain is visuals. Visuals are processed 60,000x faster than text in the human brain [1], so it should be no surprise that web posts that have visuals can drive up to 180% more engagement than those without. Visual content marketing can be defined as the "gather[ing] of different forms of content marketing based on visual elements." [2] Some examples of visual content include:

  • Infographics; 
  • Images; 
  • Videos; 
  • Memes just to name a few. 


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Content Marketing: Cutting Through the Noise of Traditional Ads

by Richard Wachtel | February 24, 2015

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We are constantly flooded by banner ads and popup ads on websites. Unfortunately for the brands who are advertising, we have now become trained to ignore those ads and focus solely on the site’s content.

So, how can a brand cut through all the "noise" on a website and still get their message across to readers and viewers? Enter Content Marketing!

According to the Content Marketing Institute, content marketing is defined as: " …a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and,...

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Convenience vs. Spontaneity - Our Future with The Internet of Things

by Nicole Momont | February 20, 2015

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First of all, what is the Internet of Things? Well, simply put, this is a network of objects or “things” that surrounds us every day, collecting data about how we live. Soon, these objects will begin talking to each other. Imagine that your coffee pot turns on and starts brewing when your alarm goes off. Gym machines know your workout as soon as you arrive. Your sprinklers turn on when moisture sensors tell it to. All of these things will soon be possible.

With smart technology, you will be able to connect devices, such as your phone or tablet, with home appliances, automobiles and mac...

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SEO For Beginners

by Richard Wachtel | February 19, 2015

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What is SEO?  What does SEO stand for? And how can a successful SEO strategy lead to increased page views of your website and increased exposure of your brand?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and, according to Wikipedia, the definition of SEO is “the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine's 'natural' or un-paid ('organic') search results."

What does this mean in layman’s terms? Simply put, SEO is the process through which you optimize your website to make it easier for search engines like Google, Yahoo!, and Bing to index your content on ...

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The Latest in Social Media Marketing:
Google and Twitter Partner up

by Richard Wachtel | February 10, 2015

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Google and Twitter are now working together to get your tweets to a larger audience.

Last week, Twitter announced that they have reached a deal with Google to make tweets more searchable. While there hasn't been a formal announcement of this partnership, the social media world is buzzing about this partnership.  Bloomberg first reported news of this deal and other mainstream media outlets, including Reuters, CNBC,, the New York Times, and the popular, have since followed suit.

Although Twitter has similar deals with Yahoo and Bing, Google is by far the leade...

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